Encouraged by Supervisors, Coworker Pursues Dream of Becoming a Nurse

The following story was featured in the Spring 2019 issue of the OneSpirit Magazine.

CHI St. Vincent has made professional growth a priority and offers many opportunities for coworkers to enhance their personal and professional lives. In this excerpt from the latest OneSpirit Magazine, hear from coworkers who have chosen to pursue higher education and are taking advantage of the many ways CHI St. Vincent supports and encourages this growth.

When Ligia Cernat, RN, moved to the United States and started working in Hot Springs in 2002, she began her career in environmental services. She quickly became a CNA and worked in that role for 5 years before going back to school.

Ligia was so encouraged by leadership and her supervisors who always urged her to continue her education. “I love my job at CHI St. Vincent,” says Ligia. “Going back to school is hard, but it’s not impossible. If you’re passionate about what you are doing, nothing can stand in your way.”  

“I always felt a calling to care for other people and working as a CNA solidified that for me. I had to keep going and pursue my dream of one day becoming a nurse,” says Ligia.

Want to read more stories like Ligia’s?
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